executive & administrative team

Mike Oliphant, President: Construction

Mike graduated from the University of Montana, B.A. Business Administration, 1981. He has over 30 years of golf course construction and management experience. He founded The Oliphant Companies in 1996 and has since completed over 250 high profile renovation and new construction golf course projects across the country.

Mike is actively engaged with each of our clients and is a key to the smooth management of the jobs. His attention to detail and commitment to quality workmanship are the basis of The Oliphant Companies’ philosophy.

Mike Oliphant, Company Founder

& President, Golf Construction

Brian Jensen, Vice President: Management

Education: AAB Golf Management PGA of America accreditation

Brian Jensen oversees over 1,000 golf management employees during our peak season, and he helps to insure that we are succeeding for each of our clients, every day.

Brian came to work for OGM in 2013, after holding Golf Professional and General Manager positions at multiple private country clubs in Wisconsin and Illinois. Brian’s breadth of experience in all aspects of running a golf operation comes from years of hard work and training in the industry… from his days as a bag boy in Arizona, to being general manager of one of Wisconsin’s top private clubs.

Brian’s expertise and exceptional leadership have been instrumental to OGM’s growth as a company, and to our clients’ bottom-line financial success.

Brian Jensen, VP: Management

Craig Haltom, President: Management

Education: Environmental Studies, Manchester College
Master of Landscape Architecture, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK

Craig leads Oliphant Golf Management, very much hands-on and in the field, with a talented team of managers based in central Wisconsin. Craig is also an active golf course architect, and has a growing portfolio of high profile golf renovation work in the Midwest.

Craig has been instrumental in the development of Mike Keiser’s newest golf resort, Sand Valley, in Rome, WI, where he initially discovered the property and now leads golf construction for the development team.

Craig began work for Oliphant Golf in 2001, after living in Scotland for three years, where he completed a graduate degree in landscape architecture and studied the great links courses of Great Britain and Ireland.

Craig Haltom, President, Golf Management


Ashton Gebert, CPA Golf Management Accountant

Education: B.A. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Accounting and Business Administration

Ashton is a graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration. She worked in public accounting for 7 years and earned her CPA designation in 2012 before transitioning to private accounting. She joined the Oliphant team in 2011. Since then she has been enjoying learning the game of golf and developing the accounting procedures that go with it. In the summer Ashton loves spending time on the Wisconsin River with her family and completed her first half marathon in 2016.

Ashton Gebert, CPA Golf Management

Mike Lyons,

Regional Manager

Mike was one of our company’s first key hires in 2009 to handle our flagship operation at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia Golf Courses. 
Mike is a past president of the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. and one the Midwest’s most respected superintendents. 
As our senior Regional Manager, Mike is a key advisor to all of our course superintendents, and he provides hands-on guidance and direction in the field.  

Mike Lyons, Regional Manager

Jimmy Cavezza, Regional Manager

Nicole Schilling

Internal Controller

Nicole grew up and went to school in Stevens Point, WI where she received degrees in both Accounting and Business Administration. Her work experience ranges from bank cash audits to accounts receivable and monthly financials. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and adventuresome kids traveling, hiking, ziplining, parasailing, rock climbing and golfing.

Nicole Schilling, Internal Controller

Matte Allman, Regional Manager

Matte comes to Oliphant with nearly 25 years in the golf industry. Experience spans from 4
years in turf maintenance, and 20 plus years as a golf professional with the last 8 years
executing the role as General Manager/Regional Manager.
As Regional Manager for Oliphant, Matte has over sight of multiple properties working
with each club’s General Manager. Every property is unique, but the focus remains on driving
revenue, cost controls and improving the customer experience.

Matte Allman, Regional Manager

Catherine Helling            

Coordinator of Administrative & HR Services

Catherine was born in Chippewa Falls, WI. She grew up working in her brother's startup business, a venture that proved so successful that she continued working there until graduating from college. She studied English, as well as earning a bachelor's degree in studio art. She lives with her husband Matt in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. 


Catherine Helling, Coordinator of Administrative & HR Services